Pardon us. We – like the rest of Us Weekly–reading humankind – have gotten so wrapped up in baby George‘s public debut and the Duchess’s incredible post-baby body that we’ve lost track of some of the other things that make London tick. Like these five quick and completely non-Royal facts.

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  1. Covent Garden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
  2. The street-style label seen most during London Fashion Week was Zara, hands down.
  3. Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
  4. The Underground doesn’t always travel underground, and the Overground doesn’t always travel – you guessed it – above ground.
  5. There are more than 300 languages spoken in London – more than in any other city in the world.

 
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By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013

The world’s biggest competition is back. And in Sochi, the altitudes are almost as high as the stakes. To prep yourself for the games, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll be watching come February.

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Our Take to the Slopes: Outerwear & Gear Boutique opens Thursday, October 24, at 3PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2013

There’s more to California wine country than vineyards. For a true unwind, head north to the base of Mount Saint Helena. There, at the very tip of Napa Valley, you’ll find the town of Calistoga – and an entirely unexpected way to kick everyday stress to the curb:

Mud. An entire bath full of it.

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October 17, 2013

Roasting chestnuts. Spicy gingerbread. Sure, pumpkin latte season may have just started, but here’s the truth: the holidays will be here before you know it. And if you want to escape abroad to celebrate, you’d better start planning now.

Need some inspiration? We’ve scouted three top destinations united by one common thread – like-nothing-you’ve-seen-before holiday markets.

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September 24, 2013

Some call Barcelona, Spain, the other city that never sleeps – a summary I’d agree with, except for the existence of that snoozy afternoon thing they call siesta. But it’s still undeniable: this city has charge. The blur of Gaudí’s fairytale architecture. La Rambla’s hungry mile of churros and horchata and souvenirs. To arrive is to be swept away, gladly, for days. And nights. And days.

So let’s put things in motion, shall we? Starting with these five completely out-there facts.

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August 28, 2013

Whether it’s a week at the beach or few nights at a cozy country inn, Rue associates reveal what they’re packing for that one last summer trip.

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August 22, 2013

Sure, Nantucket may be synonymous with seersucker, sailing, and, well, summertime – but don’t expect the good times to stop come September. From fishing tournaments and local festivals to a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers, we went ahead and started that autumn-in-Nantucket to-do list for you.

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Continue reading “Rue Travel Guide: What to Do Come Fall in Nantucket” »

August 20, 2013

Miles upon miles of beach. Nightlife that gets a little, dare we say, naughty. This is Phuket (pronounced, before you embarrass yourself, poo-ket) – one of Thailand’s hottest resort spots and the latest destination on our growing bucket list.

Here, everything and anything you need to know about this must-go island told from the very best travel guide out there: an insider.

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August 8, 2013

Sure, rocking 6-inch heels and skinny jeans on a transatlantic flight sounds all gorgeously A-list. But let’s be honest, it isn’t realistic (or comfortable, for that matter). Instead, pick an outfit that’s suitable for both the airport and the final destination. These tips make jet-setting style a breeze.

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Get upgraded
You may be traveling before the sun wakes up, but here’s a reason to avoid looking like it. According to lifestyle blog GOOP, flight staff are instructed to seek out well-dressed passengers for potential upgrade candidates. (Who would pass up the opportunity to have complimentary champagne or treats?) Avoid the sloppy look of your worn-out yoga pants and opt for a structured legging. You’ll be comfy, but still polished.

Layer, layer, layer
No matter what the temp is outside of those airplane windows, we all know that airlines love to blast that A/C. So layer a simple fitted tank or tee with a zip-up jacket. Tip: Pick one with lots of pockets. Ever wonder where to stick your ID and credit card in the hectic mess of a security line? There’s your solution.

Choose extra legroom
No need to secretly unbutton those super-tight skinnies when you’re safe in your seat. Wear bottoms that you can move in – aim for a wide-leg pant or a breezy maxi skirt. The more you can move, the less constricted you’ll feel when you’re cooped up next to your new neighbor. Plus, a cozy maxi is a far more attractive choice to curl up in than those go-to sweats.

Our XCVI Boutique opens Friday, July 19, at 11AM ET.

By Alexandra Tighe, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013

 
Oh, Los Angeles. As one of the most-visited spots in the country (hello, Hollywood), there’s so much to do in so little time. So whether you’re passing through on a road trip or spending a long weekend there, this what-to-wear guide will be your new BFF.

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Out to Dinner
Grabbing a bite at one of the hundreds of alfresco eateries? Rock a notice-me maxi dress with wedges. People go to L.A. to be seen, right?

Girls’ Night
If you’re staying the night, hitting a few bars on the strip is necessary. Bring along a flirty black sheath and you can’t go wrong.

Sightseeing
From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Santa Monica Pier, quintessential denim cutoffs, a heat-bearing tee, and flat sandals are the way to go.

Pool Hopping
If you visit the West Coast, you’ll have to bring a bathing suit. Hit up the hotel’s rooftop scene in this neon string bikini (just don’t forget that sunscreen).

Our Road Trip Across America: Last Stop, L.A. Boutique opens Friday, July 12, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 12, 2013